Oooo I’m up late!! Rather, I’m writing late : ) And probably heading right to bed after this. Did you guys watch Downton Abbey and The Bachelor this week? The first half of the week gets all the good TV. But don’t worry – Survivor fills up the rest 😉 I LOVED the story line about Mary + her hotel stay in Downton and Whitney is my current favorite for Chris. Kaitlyn is pretty fun too, but I can see Whitney as his wife. Kelsey needs more time with him!
We have/had a lot of half-used bags of veggies in our freezer, including some cooked lentils, so I decided to turn them into a soup for dinner. While I totally agree that fresh vegetables taste best, frozen are 97% as good in soup form and sure save a lot of chopping time!
For this soup I combined in a pot (estimated):
- 2.5 cups frozen cooked lentils
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower
- 1 cup frozen green beans
- 1 smashed clove garlic
- 1 box chicken broth
- 1 cup dry barley
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Parmesan cheese to taste
I brought the pot to a boil and then simmered for about 25 minutes, until the barley was cooked through.
The pot made about 6 servings – 4 if you have a hearty appetite! And of course everything was super nutritious. The Parmesan cheese and hot sauce made the dish!
One more lifestyle tidbit to note: I have CANCELLED my Restoration Hardware table order!! A few of you pointed out that the table was completely unfinished. And while I loved the feel and color, I started to freak out about oil and water stains. So we are back on the market for a dining room table – preferably one that can take a little more food on top!
See y’all tomorrow.